I had a right hip replacement five weeks ago and got a new left hip back in January. I've been enjoying recovery. Really, it is quite amazing. All that old pain is gone, and slowly, the injured and insulted muscles regain their strength. I let go of the cane, climb stairs normally, walk around the block, but still stand up from my desk slowly because I've been sitting too long and forgot to move. Experiencing this healing process from the inside out astounds me.
If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan's should have been toe-tagged from the start.
He's a committed atheist; his wife comes from a line of Southern Baptist preachers. Yet 23 years and three kids later, they are still happily married.
What's their secret? McGowan, 51, has just written In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families, to help other couples considering what he calls a "religious/nonreligious mixed marriage" succeed.
Global Sisters Report: The conference, which came after LCWR’s most recent reprimand, featured current and former leaders who outlined the essentials of spiritual leadership.
Although I am a male religious, I too have focused on "conscious evolution." The more I investigate its premises, the more I find it helpful.
Pentecost has often been described as the birthday of the church. Perhaps it might be more accurate to refer to Pentecost as the celebration of the Spirit, who, like a midwife, tends carefully to the birth of the community of believers.
Essay: As we celebrate Pentecost, what is the message from the three biblical readings that should resonate in a special way?
Chant and dance can "awaken a powerful, experiential response that takes people beyond what a verbal recitation does."
I just returned from a family vacation and was looking for some inspiration. I was therefore pleased -- or should I say, filled with the Holy Spirit -- to read the article by Cindy Wooden on the pope's visit with 50,000 charismatic Catholics. Seeing the picture of Pope Francis kneeling to be prayed over by this assembled group was really something extraordinary.
My Table is Spread: Washing one another's feet -- literally, for dirty feet can't be washed metaphorically -- is exactly what Jesus meant. It is not a philosophical concept.
Celebration Publications: The largest immigrant group in the American Catholic Church is not the Irish--it's the Germans. June 5 is the feast day of the patron saint of Germany, St. Boniface.